AUSTIN, Texas, December 5. USC sophomore Ous Mellouli, the pride of Tunisia, won two events to highlight second-day action at the Texas Invitational in Austin. The versatile 19 year-old did it the hard way too: he won two consecutive events.
In all, USC swimmers won six of the 12 events contested today. Prelims were swum in yards, finalsa in long course meters.
In the 400 IM, Mellouli and Trojan teammate and mentor Erik Vendt qualified only 8-hundredths of a second apart, with Vendt, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist, first in 3:52.20. But at night, the Tunisian national icon had it all his way, winning in a meet record 4:19.06. Vendt followed in 4:27.55.
In the very next men's event, the 200m free, it was Mellouli again, touching in 1:51.21. Scott Von Schoff was second in 1:51.50, followed by two-time Olympian Josh Davis, 30, in 1:52.43.
World champion Aaron Peirsol, UT, was pressed all the way in the 100m back by a game Adam Mania. The University of Wisconsin sophomore turned first in 26.55, half a second ahead of Peirsol, who finally passed his challenger with about 20 meters to go. At the wall, it was Peirsol in 55.15, with Mania second in a PR 55.84.
Texas, Brendan Hansen took the 100m breast in 1:02.91.
Cal won the 200 medley relay in 1:42.94, while USC cruised in the 800 free relay, 7:34.55.
USC's Kaitlin Sandeno took the 400 IM in 4:44.09, followed by SMU's Andrea Cassidy (4:48.21).
Emily Mason won the 200m free in 2:02.54 (1:47.05 for 200 yards in prelims).
Agnes Kovacs took the 100m breast in 1:10.05, a second ahead of her nearest challenger.
Hayley McGregory copped the 100 back in a solid 1:02.01.
USC won both relays: the 200m medley in 1:59.73 and the 800 free in 8:20.13, 10-plus seconds ahead of USC "B" in second.